Results
 

JNJ Russia (Rus)

2

V

1

Slavoj Consumer (Cze)

JNJ Middle East (UAE)

1

v

3

Maidenhead A (Eng)

JNJ Poland (Pol)

2

v

3*

Maidenhead 1 (Eng)

Synthes UK 1 (Eng)

4

V

0

The Rodallega Bombs (Eng)

* Maidenhead 1 (Eng) won via Golden Goal.
 

We were now at the business end of the 2016 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament - Quarter-Finals time. The original field of 14 teams had been trimmed down to the elite 8 teams in the tournament with the Czech Republic, England, Poland and Russia all represented.

We started on Pitch A with JNJ Russia versus Slavoj Consumer. JNJ Russia had now qualified for the Cup competition on 4 of their 5 appearances. On 2 of those previous 3 appearances they went on to reach the Cup Final and having won their group with 16 points out of 18 they would be favourites to win this fixture.

Slavoj had reached the Cup Quarter-Finals for the second year in a row. In the knock-out stages before they had been quite successful with Plate wins at the Prague 2012 and Budapest 2013 tournaments. At this stage last year they made their Cup debut but went out 4-1 to JNJ Turkey. Slavoj Consumer had won 3 and lost 3 of their games this morning.

When the game kicked-off the game proved very even for much of the first half. It looked like we might enter half-time at 0-0 but at the end of the opening period it was JNJ Medical Russia who hit the front when Stanislav Martynov scored for the men from Moscow. Stanislav Martynov actually scored a goal in each half to make it 2-0 and it looked like JNJ Medical Russia were about to progress to the Semi-Finals.

Michal Dudon's third goal of the tournament redcued the advantage to 2-1 and the comeback was potentially on. Slavoj Consumer were ultimately unable to find the crucial second goal and they were eliminated at the Cup Quarter-Final stage for the second year in a row.

 
 
 

Quarter-Final two saw JNJ Middle East versus Maidenhead A.

JNJ Middle East had qualified for the Cup for the first time. At their two previous tournaments they had reached the Plate Semi-Finals and then gone out without losing the game Golden Goal accounted for them at Bratislava 2014 and a penalty shoot-out was their downfall at Prague 2015.

Maidenhead A were making their JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament debut and naturally were breaking new ground. It has been an impressive debut so far as they finished 3rd in Group A.

JNJ Middle East would start as favourites due to their higher group position although there was only 2 points between the two teams in the group phase. The worry for JNJ Middle East was that they had started the tournament with 4 wins but had since recorded two defeats in a row. They were losing form at just the wrong time and this seemed to continue here.

Maidenhead A forged ahead through Vincent Tavernier and never looked back in a stunning first half that swept their opponents away. Niall Dowling and Ignacio Marti Beso made it 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. At half-time the English team were sitting pretty.

After the break Matt Tominey reduced the arrears to 3-1 with his fifth strike of the tournament his best ever return in a JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament. Alas, for JNJ Middle East it would be their last goal of the tournament as the game finished 3-1.

 
 
 

The line-up for the first Semi-Final had been confirmed. Who would take the first berth in the second Cup Semi-Final? The teams set to do battle were JNJ Poland and Maidenhead 1.

JNJ Poland were making their third appearance and had reached the Cup Quarter-Finals for the second time. This time last year they drew 2-2 with De Puy Synthes 1 only to then go out via penalties (3-2). Maidenhead 1 were on debut and had just seen their A team qualify could they join them?

JNJ Poland qualified courtesy of a second placed finish behind JNJ Medical Russia. They had gone 5 games unbeaten in the group stage (including against the league winners) only to lose their final game. Could they bounce back? It looked good early on as Dawid Paszek's third goal of the tournament put the Polish team 1-0 up. Maidenhead 1 hit back though thanks to an Antonio Landa Alvarado goal that levelled things up at half-time, 1-1.

In the second half it was Maidenhead 1 who forged ahead thanks to a Barry Tyson goal his first of the tournament and what a time to get it! It looked as if that goal might prove to be the winner until a late sickener for JNJ Poland levelled it up at 2-2 that would see the game go into Golden Goal extra time.

There would either be a hero or a villain of the hour that sent his team through or would send his team crashing out. On this occasion we had a hero and it came in the form of Richard Parkinson who also found the perfect time to grab his first goal of the tournament it was a goal that would send his team into the Semi-Finals.

JNJ Poland were out at the Cup Quarter-Final stage for the second year in a row having drawn both games in normal time. They were represented in the presentation ceremony with Jacek Banas claiming the top goalscorer award a great return of 13 goals from 7 games.

 
 
 

The final Quarter-Final was Synthes UK 1 versus Rodallega Bombs. It was the Group B winners versus 4th place from Group A.

Synthes UK 1 were no strangers to the Cup competition having reached the final in Bratislava 2014 and the Cup Semi-Finals in Prague 2015. On the form shown today you wouldn't bet against them securing a third Semi-Final. Following an opening game draw they had won five successive games. They were certainly one of the teams to watch today for the ultimate prize.

Rodallega Bombs were enjoying their most successful tournament to date having qualified for the Plate in their previous two appearances. They reached this stage courtesy of a final round win over JNJ Poland the Polish team's only loss of the day. Could they pull another result out of the bag with a win over Synthes UK 1?

It was Synthes UK 1 who made the initial breakthrough as Matt Talbot put his team 1-0 up. The lead was doubled when Liam Robinson struck and at half-time it was Synthes UK 1 who were in control. Any suggestions of a comeback were probably killed off after the break when Liam Robinson's second of the game made it 3-0. Tom Woollams put the icing on the cake as he made it 4-0 and Synthes UK 1 were through.

It was the end of the road on the field of play for The Rodallega Bombs but congratulations to them on their most successful JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament to date.

 
 
 
 
 
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